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Cities fighting Internet fees

Cities around the Lower Mainland are developing plans to take over some of the control telecom companies have over prices of Internet, TV and phone services — and the answer could lay in optic cabling.

New Westminster was the latest to approve an investigation on Monday — as part of its Intelligent City plan — to see if this idea could be financially supported.

“It’s just too much,” he said. The intention, if a business case is approved later this year, would be for the city to bury cable into the ground and then lease that capacity to telcos.

Traditionally, he said, the larger telcos own the infrastructure required to provide service, and then lease these services to the smaller competitors.

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